Beadnell Towers

Northumberland, Northern England, United Kingdom Book from Book from £99 per night

Sassy seaside hotel with designer-smart rooms and a metropolitan-bright bistro that buzzes with dogs, surfers, families and all
It may not be the most harmonious of buildings, with its pompous portico entrance and an odd third-floor extension. But step inside and everything changes. It’s bold, smart and dazzles with designer touches, from the shelves of Bakelite telephones at reception to brass Anglepoise lamps in bedrooms; from the mustard-leather bar-stools to glinting copper pans on the wall in the dining area. The Grade ll-listed Georgian building, a hotel since the 1940s, had become staid and forlorn, but has been turned into a whipsmart boutique affair of William Morris-style wallpapers and moody-blue dado panelling, with strong nods to its coastal location ships in bottles, seafaring paintings and shiny nautical instruments. Throughout, it retains a pragmatic earthiness with wooden floorboards, exposed stone walls and dogs made very welcome.

There are long beaches, dramatic castles and coastal walks to explore; then return to a cuppa in the courtyard or a local beer in the convivial Hotspur Bar. Or a soak in a copper bath if you’ve booked one of the big rooms. A robust supper from Towers Kitchen will set you up for more of the same tomorrow.
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.

Highs

  • Smart bedrooms are truly individual, with lovely designer finishes
  • Lots of practical touches – dog-wash and interconnecting rooms for families or groups of friends
  • A fun and lively bar-restaurant that’s a cut above your average seaside hotel
  • High-quality fittings and finishes, from solid-wood floors and bathrooms shelves to padded coat-hangers and cut-glass tumblers
  • If you don't know northeast Northumberland, it's well worth the journey: history and nature galore, and no crowds

Lows

  • Despite being in a seaside resort, there are few rooms with sea views
  • It’s a good 10-15-minute walk to the sandy beach
  • No guest lounge apart from a semi-separate room adjoining the bar with just a few armchairs, a wood-burning stove and TV
  • Be aware there can be lots of dogs – overnighters and day-visitors – in most public rooms, apart from the ground floor dining area

Best time to go

Beadnell is perennially popular with northeastern families in summer, though be aware it's more bracing than Scarborough for example, so seaside sunbathing can’t be guaranteed. It can be invigorating in spring and autumn – and much less busy. April to July are peak months for breeding seabirds, including puffins, on the Farnes; October to December for seeing seals with their pups.

Our top tips

Northumbrian beaches are wonderful for walking, so pack some decent shoes (don't rely on bare feet or flip-flops) and maybe a frisbee or rounders bat. They’re also breezy, so wind-breaks won’t come amiss if you prefer to sit and snooze or read a book.

If visiting Dunstanburgh Castle, order crab sandwiches at the village’s Jolly Fisherman pub and takeaway kippers from the smokehouses.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 18 rooms
  • Restaurant & bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Spread over three floors, the 18 bedrooms blend townhouse smartness with seaside sassiness. Elegant headboards and smart upholstered armchairs mix with fun feature wallpapers (perhaps shells, meadow-flowers or nautical stripes) and seaside touches, such as framed beachcomber finds, model ships and vintage postcards. Some have exposed stone walls and beams which, together with leather chairs and plain-wood furniture, lend a down-to-earthiness. Big tassled tie-backs, gleaming Anglepoise lamps and vintage pressed-glass tumblers add a touch of glamour.

Bathrooms have a contemporary-cottage feel, with tongue-and-groove panelling, solid sinks, underfloor heating and soothing shades. Push the boat out (ho ho) with a Heritage room and you’ll be wowed with copper baths, chandeliers and some of the best views.

We liked the bath under the window in Yarkin and in Craa’s Nest (where we stayed), and the window-seats in Hyem and Canty (Northumbrian dialect words, in case you're wondering). Locally made shortbread and Belgian chocolate fingers are nice touches.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The restaurant-lounge, The Towers has a lively, clubby feel, with its leather chairs, parquet floor and mix of kitchen and nautical paraphernalia. Not surprisingly, the menu bubbles with hearty fishy dishes - great, straightforward stuff for hungry diners after a day of bracing sea air. Local oysters or mussels could be followed by their signature fisherman’s pie, or beer-battered fish and chips with crushed minted peas. Home-made burger – a tower of two beef patties and home-made chutney - is another favourite, and there are always daily specials. Dishes are cooked without pretension; vegetarians are not ignored, but may feel overshadowed.

Breakfast is another hearty affair, including local kippers, eggs how you want – we loved our plates of bright-yellow, creamy scrambled eggs – and a full vegetarian, as well as a standard grill.

The Hotspur Bar prides itself on a discerning menu of wines, local beers and a unique range of spirits, and pitches itself very much as the beating heart of the village.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
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Activity:

Activities

  • The sheltered 3km curve of Beadnell beach is one of the most attractive on the Northumberland coast
  • Other beaches include pretty Low Newton, the long sands of Bamburgh nestled below the eponymous castle (both 8km) and breezy Alnmouth (24km)
  • Step up the adrenaline levels with kite-surfing, windsurfing or coasteering; the hotel can arrange lessons
  • Bird- and wildlife-lovers will enjoy boat trips to the Farne Islands to spot seabirds and seals, or scanning Budle Bay for winter waders such as geese and wigeon
  • Pick a castle: besides Bamburgh, there are the gaunt ruins of Dunstanburgh near Craster (14km), and the glittering interiors of Alnwick (22km)
  • Alnwick is worth a day-visit: castle aside, there’s the contemporary-style Alnwick Garden and sturdy independent shops including Barter Books, one of the UK’s largest second-hand bookshops
  • And it's only half an hour's drive (tide permitting) to the eerily beautiful monastic island and castle of Lindisfarne

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Birdwatching
    • Boat trips
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Shopping / markets
    • Surfing
    • Wildlife

Kids

As Beadnell is a seaside resort, not surprisingly, the hotel is happy to look after families, although family rooms are limited. Children’s menus are available.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The best rooms for families are Shiel, Harberance and Canty as these have double sofabeds; Harberance has a private entrance and also interconnects with adjoining Faad. There are two further sets of interconnecting rooms (Canty and Hyem, and Muckle Hoose and Lonnen). In addition, most Heritage and Delightful rooms can take an extra bed, and all can take a baby cot

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Kids menu

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Surfing, paddle-boarding
  • Beaches: the rocky beach about 5 minutes' away, the sandy beach about 10 minutes

Distances:

  • Airport: 60 minutes (Newcastle)
  • Hospital: 20 minutes (Alnwick)
  • Shops: 2 minutes
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Location

Beadnell Towers is on one of the main streets of the seaside village of Beadnell – 22km north east of Alnwick – and a 10-minute walk from the beach. The hotel is just off the B1340, part of Northumberland’s scenic coastal route. The quickest route to the A1 is around 15 minutes.

By Car
London is 6 hours, Edinburgh 2 hours, Newcastle 1 hour.

By Train
Beadnell is 23km/14.5m from Alnmouth station or 39km/24m from Berwick-upon-Tweed station, both on the main east coast line between Edinburgh (40m-1hr) and London Kings Cross (3.5h-4h).

By Air
The nearest airports are Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Detailed directions will be provided when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Newcastle 76.0 km NCL
  • Edinburgh 175.0 km EDI

Other:

  • Beach 0.5 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

10/10
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8/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
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